God help the peace process

Ever since I got wind of the “golf brawl” involving the Pangandaman’s acts of savagery and barbarism  at the Valley Golf in Antipolo City, I am in a constant state of exasperation.  

I am distraught at the audacity of Nasser Jr. for beating up an old man and a minor.

I am angry at the callousness of Nasser Sr. for allowing the brawl to progress, simply watching, tolerating the brutality of his son’s actions to human beings.

Mostly, I am disturbed at the fact that, while the progressive cities of Mindanao are trying their damnedest to create a positive image, there are those, who, with wanton abandon carry their weight around jeopardizing the efforts and nullifying the achievements of saner Mindanaons.

To quote, Daxi Weida, a fellow blogger’s brilliant comment:

“Ito ang halimbawa ng mga pangyayaring hindi kailanman makakapag-ambag sa magandang imahe ng Mindanao. Ang mga pyudal na warlords ng Mindanao – Pangandaman man ang apelyido o hindi, Muslim man o Kristiyano – ang ilan sa mga dahilan kung bakit ang bagal ng pag-unlad ng Mindanao; kung bakit atrasado ang kalagayan ng ARMM; kung bakit isa sa mga pinakamahirap na probinsya ng Pilipinas ang Lanao del Sur.. [Alam nyo ba na ang lungsod (siyudad?) ng Masiu ay kinakategoryang “first class municipality”?]

The question now that is plaguing my mind is:  WHAT WILL BECOME OF THE PEACE PROCESS? 

On December 23, 2008, the Office of the Press Secretary released the names of the newly appointed members to the GRP Peace Panel which included Nasser Pangandaman Sr.

The article said, “Secretary Pangandaman’s role is to provide continuity of the peace negotiations and to represent the Muslims.”

How could anyone be an effective peace negotiator for the Government of the Republic of the Philippines when he did not even lift a finger to stop the violence committed by his own son to a fellow Filipino?  

How could anybody raise a brute and talk about peace? 

I have no doubt that former Gensan City Mayor, Adelbert W. Antonino will do an excellent job. After all, he did great while he was the city’s chief executive.  Sir AdWA, as he his lovingly called, is an honorable statesman. But what can one man do?

We will be desperately requiring divine intercession.  We need a miracle!

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Twisted Pangandamans

A fellow blogger sent me an email today, December 30, about a blog post that was really disturbing, disgusting and downright appalling.  It was about the personal witnessing of a young woman as her 56 year old father and 14 year old brother were beaten by a government official in a golf course in Antipolo City.  Read her story here.

Just as I was about to log out, I saw this news article from Yahoo News how Nasser Pangandaman Sr. apologizes for his son’s misbehavior.  What was so revolting was the elder official’s statement that “no one wanted the incident to happen.” 

hayop  Can you believe this guy? Was his son, the Dishonorable Mayor of Masui, Lanao del Sur, shouting “I DON’T WANT TO DO THIS!” as he was punching the 14-year old boy’s face?  Were the bodyguards telling the 56-year old man “WE DON’T WANT TO DO THIS!” as they were beating him up to a pulp and drawing their handguns to the victims?

Investigations are said to have been conducted to resolve the issue.  But sad to say that the Pangandmans are PGMA cohorts. Needless to say, therefore, that this so-called investigation will be spiced-up, sugar-coated, and the results will be cooked up to appear as a mere “misunderstanding” with the victims as the trouble makers who deserved what they got. 

Remember the “Hello, Garci” scandal?  Was it not in Lanao del Sur (along with Basilan and Sulu) that the questionable votes were padded because the election returns and the certificates of canvass did not match?

Finally, I noticed at the very last paragraph of the news article that ” Pangandaman Jr said he talked with the elder De la Paz in a nice way but the man hit him instead with an umbrella and hurled invectives and twice challenged him to a fight.”  It seemed to me that this tiny bit of information was added at the last minute to soften some of the blows against the younger Pangandaman.  Curiously, the article was posted by GMA News.  A few months back, the same news network posted over the internet an article “The Philippine Media Association (Philmedia) recently gave Mayor Nasser Pangandaman, Jr of Masiu town in Lanao del Sur an “effective young leader” award…”   Now, I’m getting curious.  Very curious, indeed!